PAINESVILLE, Ohio-- The Lake Erie College volleyball team opened the home portion of their 2014 season with a 3-1 victory over nonconference rival Notre Dame College Tuesday night (Sept. 9) in Painesville.
In her home debut for the Storm, freshman Asya Hobbs (Lynwood, Ill./Bishop Noll) led the Storm with 17 kills.
The Falcons jumped out to an early lead but the Storm quickly caught up, tying the opening set at five. The Storm then took control, going on an 11-4 run to force a timeout from Notre Dame with the score 15-9 in favor of the Storm. The Falcons narrowed the gap to three, 17-14, following the timeout. After calling their own timeout, the Storm regained their footing, and slowly pulled away, taking the set 25-23.
The Storm jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the second set. The Falcons rallied, going on a 6-3 run to cut the lead to two. The teams went back-and-forth throughout the middle of the set, with no one finding a distinct advantage. Notre Dame rattled off three straight points with the game deadlocked at 18 but the Storm took the lead down to one, 22-21, late in the set. With the Falcons up 24-21, the Storm fought off two set points before the Falcons were able to close the set.
The teams traded points to open the third set. The Falcons slowly pulled ahead midway through the set but the Storm raged back to tie the set at 15. After a timeout, the Storm gained the edge, 19-17, but Notre Dame tied it back up at 20. However, the Storm rattled off five straight points to take set three, 25-20.
The fourth set started in a similar fashion to the third, with the Falcons and Storm trading points throughout the midway point of the set until the Storm won three straight points to take a 15-12 lead. The Falcons called a timeout but it failed to squelch the Storm's momentum, as they rolled through the rest of the set, taking it 25-20, to seal the victory.
In addition to her 17 kills, Hobbs recorded eight digs. Classmate Madison Russell (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville) was second for the Storm with eight kills, followed by fellow freshman Bethany Fisher (Orrville, Ohio/Dalton) with eight. Seniors Sara Aultz (Wooster, Ohio/Orrville) and Mikaela Lengal (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick/Ashland) combined for 11 kills. Fisher led the Storm with five aces. Senior Samantha Knepley (Munith, Mich./Stockbridge) had 39 assists.
The Storm opens up Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play at Hillsdale College Friday (Sept. 12).